Martha Williams, the former director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, was nominated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director post by President Joe Biden in October.
Wyoming has officially asked for grizzly bears to be removed from the endangered species list.
Experts are studying grizzlies as they travel to new territories. One collared male has roamed to surprising places, demonstrating where more bears may show up and the precautions people should take.
Months after Idaho lawmakers enacted a controversial law expanding wolf hunting and trapping, pushback from critics has continued, with a cadre of opponents once again taking their complaints to the court system.
A trio of conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday over its management of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming.
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Thursday placed additional restrictions on wolf trapping aimed at reducing the number of federally protected grizzly bears and Canada lynx caught unintentionally.
Martha Williams is the current principal deputy director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and former director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
The female grizzly attacked the hunter after a "sudden encounter" while he was elk hunting. The sow's two cubs were later euthanized.
Hunting of the species could resume in Wyoming if Endangered Species Act protections are removed and grizzly management is returned to the state.
Biologists are set to begin capturing grizzly bears in the Custer Gallatin National Forest south of Gallatin Gateway as part of ongoing population monitoring required under the Endangered Species Act.
The notice alleges that new laws expanding trapping could lead to unintentional injuries and killings of grizzlies and lynx, which are both listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meets virtually on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing together land and wildlife managers from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington.
“The changes to Idaho and Montana state law will drive populations below these minimum thresholds, and strip state agencies of their already limited capacity to maintain populations above these levels,” the petition says.
Management of grizzly bears has long been debated in Montana and neighboring states of Idaho and Wyoming.
“I would like our issues to transcend politics, because I think they apply to everyone," said Martha Williams, principal deputy director at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The resolution calls on Montana’s congressional delegation to pass legislation exempting the delisting from judicial review.
Currently, black bears may only be hunted via spot-and-stalk hunting in the state during spring and fall seasons.
Opponents of the bill cautioned that it came with a number of unintended consequences.
A decade after Montana resumed state management of wolves, including hunting and trapping seasons, management and legislation continues to be controversial.
Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation.
A conservation group has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over what it said was underestimated impacts to grizzly bears from “widespread illegal road use” in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to withhold Endangered Species Act protection from wolverines in the lower 48 states.